Fuerza Community Prep is a single story version of the NZE School Prototype which opened in August of 2014 in San Jose. SLO partnered with a national builder, Hilbers Inc. and successfully designed and built the classroom building using an iteration of a pre-manufactured structural system and incorporating innovative and sustainable strategies.

From start to finish, the construction took only 3.5 months to complete, and a 6-person crew put up the structural frame in 48 hours.

The long-span steel structure of the Rocketship model provides a column-free interior that can be partitioned as needed, and the building’s size can be adapted to meet various programmatic demands. The building features designs built for disassembly, utilizing bolted rather than welded connections, facilitating alterations in addition to end-of-life recycling.

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